Tag Archives: Mammals

Prehistoric Animals: Prop Story

T-rex, Woolly Mammoth, Saber-tooth tiger, Triceratops, Pteranodon, Brontosaurus

Story: Whose Footsteps Are Those?
Written by: CK Emanuel
Inspired by: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do You See? By Bill Martin, Jr.

Need:
– craft foam: various colors
– poster board or sturdy cardboard
– 3d paint & poster paint: various colors
– empty book tape rolls
– jumbo craft sticks
– exacto knife
– Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
– permanent black marker

Participation Age Range: 2 to 8 years old

Method: As name the prehistoric animal, hold it up or display it on a table or ledge for kids to see.

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Fuzzy Wuzzy: Prop Story

A bear made from feltStory: Fuzzy Wuzzy; Traditional Text First Verse

Need:
-felt in various colors: brown, tan, red, black, white, blue
-hot glue and glue sticks
-a felt board
-black fabric paint
– used AccuCut Teddy Bear #1 die for the “bare”

Participation Age Range: 6 months to 3 years old

Method: Overlay the “fur” coat over the “bare” bear and place together on the felt board. Remove the “fur” when the line “had no hair.” As mentions the different clothing items, dress the “bare” bear with them.

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Monkeys and Hats: Prop Story

5 Monkeys wearing hats

Story: The Hat-seller and the Monkeys
Based on The Hatseller and the Monkeys retold by Baba Wague Diakite as well as Caps for Sale retold by Esphyr Slobodkina

Need:
-fabric in orange
-construction paper in various colors: shades of brown, white
-hot glue and glue sticks
-cupcake paper cups (hat)
-beads (top of hat)
-paper towel tube
-a felt board

Participation Age Range: 18 months to 8 years old

Method: Have monkeys lined up on a ledge or stacks of books. Have all the hats stacked onto the hat-seller. May wish to use hat-seller figure as a finger puppet. Have the kids mimic like the monkeys.
Optional: May wish to place tree on felt story.

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Brer Rabbit: Prop Story/Fingerplay

fox and rabbit puppets and a felt thorn bush

Story: Adaptation of the Uncle Remus tale of Brer Rabbit and the Tar-Baby
(This story takes up where Brer Rabbit is already caught) Adapted by: CK Emanuel

Need:
-felt in various colors: orange, white, shades of brown, and black
-hot glue and glue sticks
-a felt board
– a thorny stem (Optional: used beforehand to set context of story- for kids to see how sharp thorns are)

Participation Age Range: 18 months to 8 years old depending on options used.

Method: Put the Briar Patch (Thorn bush) on the felt board. Put on the rabbit finger puppet and the fox hand puppet. The fox puppet can hold the rabbit when its “caught” and the rabbit puppet can stick to the felt board with thrown.
Options: Have audience use fingerplay movements as story unfolds

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Three Billy Goats Fairy Tale : Fingerplay

GoatSNGThere’s a troll, there’s a troll,
MAKE A SCARY FACE
there’s a troll under the bridge.
PUT FINGERTIPS TOGETHER TO MAKE AN ARCH
There’s a goat, there’s a goat,
GRAB CHIN AND PULL DOWN AS IF STROKING A BEARD
there’s an itty bitty billy goat.
PUT INDEX FINGER AND THUMB CLOSE TOGETHER

Hear a trip, Hear a trap,
PAT THIGHS
Hear a trip trap over the bridge.
PUT FINGERTIPS TOGETHER TO MAKE AN ARCH
Here’s the troll, Here’s the troll,
MAKE A SCARY FACE
Here’s the troll on the bridge.
PUT FINGERTIPS TOGETHER TO MAKE AN ARCH
Hear a roar, Hear a roar,
CUP HAND OVER MOUTH
But the billy goat has a plan
TAP TEMPLE WITH FINGER

Troll just wait, just wait
HAND OUT, PALM AWAY FROM YOU
Just wait for a bigger goat.
HANDS TOGETHER, THEN SPREAD APART

There’s a goat, there’s a goat
GRAB CHIN AND PULL DOWN AS IF STROKING A BEARD
there’s little bit bigger goat
HANDS TOGETHER, THEN SPREAD APART

Hear a trip, Hear a trap,
PAT THIGHS
Hear a trip trap over the bridge.
PUT FINGERTIPS TOGETHER TO MAKE AN ARCH
Here’s the troll, Here’s the troll,
MAKE A SCARY FACE
Here’s the troll on the bridge.
PUT FINGERTIPS TOGETHER TO MAKE AN ARCH
Hear a roar, Hear a roar
CUP HAND OVER MOUTH
But the billy goat has a plan
TAP TEMPLE WITH FINGER

Troll just wait, just wait
HAND OUT, PALM AWAY FROM YOU
Just wait for a bigger goat.
HANDS TOGETHER, THEN SPREAD APART

There’s a goat, there’s a goat
GRAB CHIN AND PULL DOWN AS IF STROKING A BEARD
there’s biggest of the billy goats
HANDS TOGETHER, THEN SPREAD APART

Hear a trip, Hear a trap,
PAT THIGHS
Hear a trip trap over the bridge.
PUT FINGERTIPS TOGETHER TO MAKE AN ARCH
Here’s the troll, Here’s the troll,
MAKE A SCARY FACE
Here’s the troll on the bridge.
PUT FINGERTIPS TOGETHER TO MAKE AN ARCH
Hear a roar, Hear a roar
CUP HAND OVER MOUTH
But the billy goat has a plan
TAP TEMPLE WITH FINGER

Head goes down, horns points up
MOVE FIST DOWNWARDS
STICK 2 FINGERS OUT OF FIST OF HEAD LIKE HORNS
Head goes down so the horns point up
AS BEFORE
Here’s the charge! Here’s the charge!
MOVE HAND WITH HORNS FORWARD
The Billy Goat rammed the troll!
COLLIDE HORNED FIST INTO OPPOSITE HAND AND SEND IT FLYING

Now the bridge, now the bridge,
PUT FINGERTIPS TOGETHER TO MAKE AN ARCH
Now there’s no troll under the bridge.
SHAKE HEAD; PUT FINGERTIPS TOGETHER TO MAKE AN ARCH

Includes a modifications and a shorter version

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Wearing Shoes: A Fingerplay

A fallen monkey wearing socks whose shoes are right next to him

5 Little Monkeys’ Shoes
Words and Actions by CK Emanuel
To the tune of: 5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed

Five little monkeys refused to wear their shoes
HOLD UP FIVE FINGERS
CROSS ARMS & SHAKE HEAD THEN TOUCH YOUR SHOE
A slid, a skid, and whoops! A bruise!
MOVE ONE HAND, PALM DOWN IS A SLIDING MOTION, THEN DO THE SAME WITH THE OTHER HAND
THROW ARMS UP IN THE AIR
RUB ARM AS IF HURT
The Doctor was called, who said this isn’t news,
HAND MAKES A “Y” BY HAVING THUMB AND PINKY FINGER STICK OUT OF FIST; BRING TO EAR LIKE A PHONE
“All little monkeys need to wear their shoes!”
SHAKE POINTER FINGER AT IMAGINARY MONKEYS
TOUCH SHOE

CONTINUE RHYME COUNTING DOWN FROM 4 TO 1 .

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Muddy Pigs: Action Song

Pig.Heart.Mud5 Little Pigs
Text and Actions by CK Emanuel
To the tune of: 5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed

Five little pigs rolling in mud
HOLD UP APPROPRIATE NUMBER OF FINGERS
ROLL ON THE GROUND
One climbs out and stinks– P.U.!
JUMP UP
GRAB NOSE WITH ONE HAND WITH WAVING AT NOSE WITH OTHER
Mama called the farmer and the farmer said,
EXTEND PINKY AND THUMB FROM FIST MAKING A “Y” SHAPE AND HOLD TO EAR LIKE A PHONE
No more pigs rolling in mud.”
SHAKE FINGER

REPEAT AND PROCEED TO COUNTDOWN FROM 5 to 1

OPTIONAL FOR ZERO PIGS
No little pigs rolling in mud,
MAKE A ZERO BY TOUCHING FINGERTIPS TO THUMB
all are clean, but getting hot!
WAVE HAND IN FRONT OF FACE
Mama called the farmer and the farmer said,
AS BEFORE
“Have all the pigs roll in mud!”
ROLL ON THE GROUND

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